Local COVID-19 death toll climbs to 733

–130 new cases recorded

EIGHT more persons have died after contracting COVID-19, taking Guyana’s overall death toll to 733, the Ministry of Health has reported.
With the addition of the eight new cases Guyana has recorded 108 deaths since the month of September started; this is the highest number of deaths recorded in a single month since the disease was detected here in March, 2020.

According to the ministry, the latest fatalities are four persons from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica): two males, ages 62 and 70 years, and two females, aged 69 and 74 years. The other persons who died after contracting COVID-19 are two males aged 58 and 56, both from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), a 50-year-old female from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and another 50-year-old female from Region Two.

With the exception of the 62-year-old male from Region Four and the 50-year-old woman from Region Six, health authorities reported that the other persons were not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health recorded 130 new cases within the past 24 hours. Region Four accounted for 72 of those new cases; Region One recorded one new case; Region Two recorded 20 cases; Region Three recorded 16 cases; Region Five recorded four new cases; Region Six recorded four cases; Region Seven recorded 11 new cases, and Regions Eight recorded two new cases.

The country has now recorded a total of 29,683 confirmed cases since the first COVID-19 case was reported in March 2020.
Of the active cases, 30 persons are in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital, Liliendaal; 130 are in institutional isolation, 3,505 are in home isolation, and one person is in institutional quarantine.

Many of the persons infected with the virus are said to be asymptomatic, that is, they are not exhibiting symptoms.
The updated COVID–19 Emergency Measures are in force until September 30, 2021. They may be extended or amended by notice of the Minister of Health, after an assessment of the prevailing public health conditions of the pandemic.

As per the current measures, all persons are required to wear face masks when leaving their homes, and physical distancing and adequate sanitisation are recommended. The duration of the current curfew is 22:30hrs to 04:00hrs.

Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline numbers: 231-1166; 226-7480; or 180/181 for assistance.

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